The Rajya Sabha on has passed the Constitution (118th Amendment) Bill, which seeks to grant special status to six backward districts in Karnataka.
The Bill inserts a new Article 371-J to provide special recognition for the six backward districts of North Karnataka — Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal and Bellary. It was passed with all the 163 MPs present in the Rajya Sabha voting in its favor.
The Lok Sabha earlier passed the Bill. It provides for establishing a separate development board and equitable allocation of funds for development of the region. It will also provide for quota in public employment through local cadres and reservation in education and vocational training institutions for those who belong to the region by birth or by domicile.